Divided we are not

Posted Posted in 2019, Books, Change, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Life, Oldham, Perfect Ten, Standpoint theory, Stories, Storytelling, UK politics, Uncategorized, Writing

Oldham gets a lot of bad press, including misrepresentation from Nigel Farage this week claiming that many areas in Oldham are ‘no-go areas’. It just so happens that the venue for my author event was smack bang in the centre of one of these areas. Alexandra Park, a beautiful Victorian space in the heart of Oldham, is often pitched by racists as somewhere race war battles are in full force every day of the week.

#100daysofwriting Day 5 2019

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, Creativity, Identity, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

This morning I went shopping to Ashton-under-Lyne which is where Random Acts of Unkindness, my DS Jan Pearce series, is set. It reminded me of the struggles of finding time to write when you don’t even know if you book will be accepted. I have a day job as well as writing and I have a family […]

#100daysofwriting day 2 and 3 2019

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Creativity, Fiction, Identity, Novel, Storytelling, Writing

I’ve been thinking. And thinking isn’t writing, but it’s still part of the creative process. It’s also why writing a novel takes such a long time. Sitting down and writing around 90k words is one huge commitment. But while you are writing there are those light bulb moments and those moments of dread that send you rushing back to the […]

Madonna at 60

Posted Posted in Facebook, Feminism, Feminist, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Identity construction, Menopause, The 'Me' Project, Uncategorized

I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]

My Write as a Woman

Posted Posted in Creativity, Feminism, Feminist, Fiction, Hope, Identity, Life, Love, Manchester, Narrative, Writing

A while ago I saw an invitation to submit a short story to Women’s Words Manchester as part of an archive of women’s stories about Manchester. The stories were to be archived to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, and was supported by the Pankhurst Centre , Manchester Libraries.Archives+. Soroptomoists Europe and the Arts […]

It’s Always About the Children

Posted Posted in Freedom, Hope, Identity, Life, Love

While I’m sitting here in my privileged, white, affluent life checking my step count and reminiscing about the concert I attended last night, it’s hard to believe that in the USA children are being separated from their parents and kept in camps and cages. I am a psychologist and writer, but I want to put […]

Act Your Age… what would the Rolling Stones do?

Posted Posted in Books, Change, Creativity, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Identity construction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

I went to see the Rolling Stones last week at Old Trafford Football Stadium. I have been a huge fan of them since childhood when my father gave me a record player and some old records. Amongst them was Little Red Rooster and my introduction to blues and rock. It s no secret that I […]